Event Info

Start Date: 01 February 2020

Venue: Portico

Time: 8pm

Admission: £12

Wretches: Revolutions, Rights and Wrongs

An evening of music, poetry, piano and voice in Three Movements honouring the early days of women’s suffrage to the present.


Music: Keith Acheson

Original Text: Maria McManus



Soprano – Megan Mooney

Poet – Maria McManus

String Quartet - Arco String Quartet

Piano – Jane Knowles

Chamber Choir

Conductor - Keith Acheson


Music by Keith Acheson

Keith Acheson (Composer) was awarded a PhD in Composition from the Ulster University in 2002 studying under Dr David Morris.
He has also studied with the late James Wilson, Martijn Padding, Kalevi Aho and Ake Pamerud.
Along with many pieces for choir, he has had work performed by the Ulster Orchestra, Gemini Ensemble, Arco String Quartet, HuuJ Ensemble, Philippa Davies, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Brian Keenan. He is currently the Choirmaster and Conductor of the Sing For Life, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT), Crescendo and the Cancer Fund For Children’s ‘Care Free’ choirs and the BHSCT Staff Orchestra, and works as an arts facilitator for Arts Care.

Words by Maria McManus

Maria McManus (Poet) is the author of Available Light (Arlen House, 2018), We are Bone (2013)The Cello Suites(2009) and Reading the Dog (2006) (Lagan Press). She has collaborated extensively with others producing performance pieces for choir (18, with composer Keith Acheson) dance (TURF and DUST with Eileen McClory) and multi-art form collaborations such as Splendid. Liberal. Lofty. with composer Simon Waters and artist Helen Sharp.   She is Artistic Director and curator of Poetry Jukebox, an on-street audio installation of contemporary poetry.

A Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited project supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery Funds                                                                                                                                         

This piece was originally developed and supported by  Belfast City Council as 18 in Honour of Women’s Suffrage via their Belfast Music Summer Season Programme:

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